Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Blessings to All.

My favorite picture.  I think it really captures Christmas.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

And in no special order

A few more pictures of our Saturday Photo Shoot.  It was such a fun day.  Do not think I will be posting all 102 pictures, but there are more I want to post at another date.
Kris, Joe and boys with Rebel
Daughter #3, Child #4


Tricia, Dave and Boys
Daughter #4, Child #5

Stan and I

Karyn, Jon and Boys
Daughter #1, Child #2

Gina, Sebastian and Family.  Looks like one was not too happy at the time.
Daughter #5, Child #6

Angie, David and Girls
Daughter # 2, Child #3

Bryan, Darla with three daughters and one son
Only son, Eldest Child.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Today, the entire family

Went down to a park in West Seattle near the Fauntelroy Ferry dock.  We went with a professional photographer who spent about two hours with us taking tons of pictures.  Some candid and some posed.  We had a great time and I am sure there will be many pictures I will want.  My son in law shot a few behind him.  This is one Jon took.  All of my Grands.  You can click on the picture for a larger view.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The tree is decorated!!

By the way, I am very thankful Stan vacuumed the tree.  See yesterday's post.  I am not fighting little critters in my house
Cannyn putting up my outdoor lights

The elf that has been a part of our Christmas tradition for the past 46 years.

Caleb hiding the pickle

Jesse just being Jesse

It took me from Saturday to today, but it is done.

Last year when I was out Christmas shopping with my mother, I picked up a box of these ornaments.

I told her how much I loved them.

And how they reminded me of my childhood.

They were my last gift from her.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Brrrrrr

On Friday, December 2, Stan and I left our house at 5:30 PM.  Went to dinner and then drove to SeaTac to fly to Bethel Alaska for the weekend.  We left SeaTac at 9:30 PM, arrived in Anchorage at 12:30 AM.  Our connecting flight to Bethel was at 6:40 AM.  Arriving in Bethel just before 8 AM.  I did not get many pictures taken because baby, it was cold outside!! What I got are below.
This snowman was standing in a yard of one of Cooper's friends.  All of the white beyond is the  tundra.  AKA a field.
A barge on the Kuskoquim river.  Size relationship is shown by the mobile home on top of the barge.


The frozen Kuskoquim River.  One of Tricia's neighbors said he went out with a four foot auger and drilled into the river ice.  He broke through right at the four foot measure.

These are docks that the fishing boats tie up during the fishing season

You see boats all over like this one.  Once the river thaws, they will refloat it.

The real reason for our trip though was because our grandson Ben had a few parts in the Bethel Theater production of Annie.
Here he is playing the part of Mr. Bundles schmoozing Miss Hannigan.

In the song and dance rendition of New York, New York.

Another New York New York shot.

Holding the applause sign for the "live" audience.
He also had an invisible part as a radio announcer.
As President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Curtain Call.
We got into Bethel on the first and last plane of the day.  Other flights (2) were canceled because of wind and ice on the runway.  Of course that gave me reason to worry about getting out on Sunday. Sunday was a bright new day with flights back to normal so we caught the final flight out. Were able to upgrade that flight to first class.  I must say, I could easily get comfortable with first class, very easily:)  We were trying to catch a 10:30 flight to Seattle, but it was full.  We were able to get seats on a 12:30 flight.  Arrived in Seattle at 4:30 Monday morning and home to our house at 6:30.  Needless to say, we slept until one o'clock that afternoon. From Tricia's front door to our front door was 11 long hours. I will do it again, without hesitation.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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